The Wanderer

By: 

Sharon Creech

Number of Pages: 

305

Minimum grade level: 

5th

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. What are the advantages of having both Sophie and Cody take turns narrating this story? Why do you think the author did that?
  2. At what point do readers learn that Sophie isn't necessarily a reliable narrator?
  3. Sophie describes herself like this, "I am not always such a dreamy girl, listening to the sea calling me. My father calls me Three-sided Sophie: one side is dreamy and romantic; one is logical and down-to-earth; and the third side is hardheaded and impulsive." Do you agree with this description? Find parts in this story that support your opinion.
  4. What are some of the things that Sophie likes about sailing? How does it make her feel?
  5. On page 95, Sophie says, "I wondered if it was better to know about the bad things in advance and worry about them, or whether it was better not to know, so that you could enjoy yourself." What is your opinion on this topic? Give examples of when each situation might be better.
  6. Sophie's three uncles are each on their own search. Describe each uncle and what this sailing trip might mean to them.
  7. How is Brian different from Sophie and Cody? What are some of his good qualities?
  8. On page 152, Sophie reacts strongly to seeing the mother and child dolphins. Why is that?
  9. How does the storm effect the boat trip and the crew? What do we learn when Sophie describes the wave as being black? (pg. 256).
  10. What is the significance of the Bompie stories? How does Sophie know them?
  11. Who does Bompie recognize first? Why is that?
  12. How is Sophie able to come to terms with the truth about her past?